Themes Inspired by Nature

Inspired by Nature

Who can fail to marvel at the shape of a leaf, the sleek power of a cheetah, the dance of two bodies connecting? These speakers celebrate and take inspiration from the natural world -- in the design of a new chair or in a vision for living lightly upon the Earth.

Janine Benyus talks about biomimicry, the practice of copying nature's own engineers, while designers Ross Lovegrove and Paul Bennett discuss the practice of solving design problems by reducing them to evolutionary principles. And Alex Steffen from Worldchanging.com shares his bright-green vision for a society in harmony.

For your own shot of inspiration, take a look at the work of photographer Frans Lanting, and his spine-tingling images of natural grace.

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Play_iconJon Mooallem: How the teddy bear taught us compassion

Jon Mooallem: How the teddy bear taught us compassion

14:16 Posted: May 2014

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Play_iconLouie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world

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07:24 Posted: Apr 2014

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25:01 Posted: Mar 2012

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